Idris Jusoh: We’ll make sure Roisah gets citizenship because she’s an extraordinary student

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Roisah Abdullah speaks to Malay Mail during an interview in Petaling Jaya March 16, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

SERDANG, March 27 — The Higher Education Ministry has made it a priority to secure a citizenship for Klang-born but stateless STPM ace Roisah Abdullah who hopes to further her studies at a local university.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the ministry had met with the 21-year-old to discuss possible placement in her university of choice which is Universiti Utara Malaysia last Thursday.

“She was delighted with the offer that was provided but she is still considering her best options.

“We will make sure she gets her citizenship because she is an extraordinary student,” he said after attending the #MyWomen in Higher Education dialogue session at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Seri Kembangan today. Read more

Stateless, bright girl fears dim future

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Roisah Abdullah speaks to Malay Mail during an interview in Petaling Jaya March 16, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 ― She is a top student at her school in Klang, speaks fluent Bahasa Malaysia, idolises Neelofa and her favourite food is nasi lemak.

Despite having traits that appear Malaysian, Roisah Abdullah is not one.

Roisah, 21, or just Roi to her friends, was born to a foreign mother and an absentee Malaysian father, and is stateless as a result.

“Authorities said because they could not ascertain who my father was, since he left when I was born, they could not issue me a Malaysian citizenship,” she told Malay Mail in an interview. Read more